In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, causing two-thirds of the world to fall apart, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.
Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroy.
Description taken from Wikipedia.
So for conveniency’s sake, I wrote this up as a manga review. In reality, WITCH HUNTER and the WITCH HUNTER series are manhwa (man-ha), which means they’re Korean comics and not Japanese. Most people won’t know the difference and in reality, it’s not very apparent if you’re skimming the manga/manhwa section at your local library or bookstore. One key difference is that manhwas tend to read left to right, but mangas read right to left. There’s also manhua, which is from China, and is in single-issue, fully colored format.
On to WITCH HUNTER though, I’ve only gotten into manhwa recently (the only reason I didn’t read it before being that I didn’t have access to it nor did I know it existed) and so far, WITCH HUNTER has been one of the better ones that I’ve read.
For those of you who enjoy anime, WITCH HUNTER is also in anime form.
WITCH HUNTER tells the story of Tasha Godspell, who tends to appear as a money-grabbing, penny-pinching snot who only really cares about himself. However, that is not the case–and that is one of the many reasons why I really liked WITCH HUNTER.
I’ll face it. This is not SWORD ART ONLINE, clever and unique and amazing all at the same time. But I did really respect the way that WITCH HUNTER was set up, and I found myself enjoying the world building much more than I thought that I would. Tasha’s quest is to take back his little sister from the clutches of the witches, but along the way he has to confront his own demons about his sister, accept the help of others and fight people (and witches) even stronger than himself.
There are some things that don’t make sense in this series. For the sake of not giving away spoilers, I won’t mention them, but there are certain inconsistencies to who beats who and who is stronger than who or certain magical powers. Overall, I really enjoy WITCH HUNTER though and I’m looking forward to reading more of it.
If this is your first time or you’re still just beginning to read manga, especially shounen manga (action/adventure meant for boys) then I would suggest beginning with something a little more mainstream such as REBORN!, BLEACH, ATTACK ON TITAN, SWORD ART ONLINE or even NARUTO. If your local library doesn’t have all the volumes of these extensive series, then I would suggest reading on a computer or a phone. I use Manga Rock and Mango. Both awesome apps available on Android and iPhone. 4 stars.